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Jay-Z Wants People to Know NFL Protests Are About Injustice, Not the Flag

Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images
Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images

The topic of the NFL protests is coming back to the limelight this week, as NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who originally kneeled during the National Anthem last year, covers GQ for their Citizen of the Year issue. On top of that, Jay-Z is using his own platform to clarify the purpose of the protests at his recent 4:44 tour stop.

On Sunday (Nov. 12), the Brooklyn rapper made sure to stress the meaning of players taking a kneel, and explaining how it is strictly about justice and injustice, not the American flag.

“I want y’all to understand… when people are kneeling and putting their fists up and doing what they’re doing, it’s not about the flag. It’s about justice,” he explains. “It’s about injustice. And that’s not a Black or a White thing. It’s a human issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected. That’s not a Black or a White issue. That’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”

Hov has been speaking out on a slew of different issues and topics while on tour recently, as he’s also been vocal about Meek Mill’s recent prison sentencing, as well as Texans owner Bob McNair’s “inmate” comments.

See the full video of Jay-Z’s speech about the NFL protests at TMZ.

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